An Exciting Installment in the New York Times Best-Selling Ring of Fire Series - the Most Popular and Best-Selling Alternate History Series
The Thirty Years' War continues to ravage 17th-century Europe, but a new force is gathering power and influence: the United States of Europe, a new nation led by Gustavus Adolphus, king of Sweden, and the West Virginians from the 20th century led by Mike Stearns who were hurled centuries into the past by a mysterious cosmic accident. While the old entrenched rulers and manipulators continue to plot against this new upstart nation, everyday life goes on in Grantville, the town lost in time, with librarians, firefighters, and garbage collectors trying to make do under unusual circumstances. And what better place for an undercover spy from France than working with the garbage collectors, examining 20th-century machines that others throw out and copying the technology (though he wishes one device - the paper shredder - had been left behind in the future)?
There are more sinister agents at work, however. One of them, Ducos, almost succeeded in assassinating the Pope, but his plan was ruined by quick action by a few Americans. Now, the would-be assassin not only has a score to settle but has also decided on two excellent targets: Grantville's leader, Mike Stearns, and his wife, Rebecca....
©2008 Eric Flint and Virginia DeMarce (P)2015 Recorded Books
The book provides some much needed social setting background and interactions but at a point of being too much.
Who should slog through this is anyone who is faithful to the Ring of Fire series but be forewarned it is definitely not a capture your attention, where your wanting and being held in suspense for the next action or activity.
I'm not sure any of the books in this series will ever reach the purr pleasure I experienced when I found first book. That said, this was an above average installment in the continuing saga.
if you don't love the series, I'd give it a pass. the characters are mostly pretty néw (although you will know them from prior books) and nothing exceptionally exciting happens.
Beaver Lake Bonner
If you have followed this series you are aware that the books have been released well out of timeline. At least 2 other books say something about the subject of this book, so it is great to get the rest of the story...
"A soap opera..."
Not the best book in the series
It seems DeMarce brings a certain amount of "soap" to the 1632 universe. In this book there are chapters that could fit as a manus for a episode of Emmerdale or something, endless disection of how people are related to each other and flashback to things that happend before the Ring of fire.
Character development are always interesting, but here the story could be improved with some editing, cutting and condensing, to focus and speed up the story, the .... meandering, between the moving parts becomes annoying after a while.
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